A Woman From Dorset Was Jailed For Setting Fire To Her Own Home


On May 22, 2018 at around 1:40 PM, the 51-year-old defendant called Dorset Police to report that Rosie Law said that her house was loaded with explosives, left her gas on and sent threats to shoot police officers and other civilian residents near her house.

A day after her serious threats, her neighbors saw smoke and suspected that it was coming from Law’s house. They were asked to leave their house and were taken to a nearby school as a precaution while the police negotiate with Law.

After 5 long hours of negotiation, Law was arrested. She was brought to the hospital as a preventative measure. While waiting for test results, doctors recommend that she should be sent home on Wednesday morning on May 23, 2018.

May 23, 2018, at 1:45 PM, almost the same time she made a scene on Tuesday, a fire incident was reported by her neighbors. Fire respondents found a burning armchair on Law’s home and immediately put the fire out. After the fire was extinguished, police entered Law’s residence and she was arrested instantly. After several warnings sent by the police, Law did not respond which, therefore, coerced the police to restrain her.

Laboratory Test results show that Rosie Law is clear of any mentally related disorder. Without delay, police charged Law of arson for setting fire to her home and malicious communication for her threats to shoot the police and her neighbors.

On January 11, at the Salisbury Crown court, Law was found guilty of arson and purposely sending fake messages to the public to annoy and cause anxiety to the public.

During the investigation, fire services reported that the fire was intentionally set.

Salisbury Crown court sentenced her of four and a half years of imprisonment. Law is also subject to an additional five years of prison due to an extended license period. Law’ actions caused unacceptable public trouble and fear.